Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival up in Waxahachie. This was back when we lived in Temple, and Waxahachie wasn't such a long drive. We've made ren fests an annual affair because of that, but since moving to New Braunfels a decade ago, most years we're only able to attend the larger Texas Renaissance Festival outside of Plantersville. This year, we packed up the kids and hit it opening weekend. This kind of outing gives us a chance to take photos for our own entertainment and to preserve family memories--not something we actually get to do all that often. The weather was cool and overcast--so much so that it rained on us several times during our drive there. The place has changed quite a bit since my first visit back in 1987, but the changes from last year to this may be the biggest yet. The grounds are filled with shops various merchants maintain, traditionally ramshackle wooden cottage-styled places that wouldn't be out of place in an actual medieval village. During the off season, however, quite a bit of construction took place and more impressive, expansive and permanent-looking restaurants and attractions replaced a bunch of the more, ah, atmospheric buildings. That's progress I suppose, but I can't help but miss the dilapidated charm that's been supplanted by architectural precision. The guy in the stilt-equipped bat costume (above) was cool, though. We hadn't seen him before, so I'm guessing he was a new addition. There were quite a few new characters roaming around this year, along with some old favorites. Another new one was a baby dragon "hatching" from an egg (below). Monkey Girl and Fairy Girl loved it. Bug, on the other hand, wouldn't have anything to do with it.
Lisa On Location Photography